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Red Beach One, Iwo Jima, 1945. Photo caption: Iwo Jima February 19, 1945. In the face of withering enemy fire, Fifth Division Marines work their way up the slope from Red Beach One toward Suribachi Yama, hidden in the pal of smoke. From the Photograph Collection at the Marine Corps Archives and Special Collections OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH
Feb. 19, 1945. U.S. Marines land on the Japansese-held island of Iwo Jima in the Western Pacific. And on March 26, 69 years ago today, the battle ended with American forces officially securing the island.